Filmmaking has so evolved that recent history has simply been an exhibition of cinematographic genius. The compelling storylines, dialogue and captivating theatrics are strengthened by man-hours of much overlooked behind-the-scene activities by the cinematographer – and they have been a good number of them down the years. Here are some classic productions by some of these great cinematographers.

The diving bell and the butterfly (2007) by Janusz Kaminski

There Will Be Blood (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) by Ellen Kuras


Silence (2016) by Rodrigo Prieto

The Handmaiden (2016) by Chung Chung-hoon

City of God (2002) by César Charlone

Moonlight (2016) by James Laxton

The New World (2005) by Emmanuel Lubezki

Let the Right One In (2008) by Hoyt Van Hoytema

The Great Beauty (2013) by Luca Bigazzi

Carol (2015) by Ed Lachman

(2014) by Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal

The Grandmaster (2013) by Philippe Le Sourd

The Master
(2012) by Paul Thomas Anderson

(2002) by Christopher Doyle

Mother of George
(2013) by Bradford Young

Mad Max: Fury Road
(2015) by John Seale

Pan’s Labyrinth
(2006) by Guillermo Navarro

Mr. Turner
(2014) by Dick Pope

Children of Men
(2006) by Emmanuel Lubezki

Far From Heaven
(2002) by Ed Lachman

The Immigrant
by Darius Khondji

In the Mood for Love
(2000) by Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan and Ping Bin Lee

Tree of Life
(2011) by Emmanuel Lubezki

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
(2007) by Roger Deakins

The Grand Budapest
(2014) by Wes Anderson

The Hateful Eight
(2015) by Quentin Tarantino

(2019) by Sam Mendes

Culled from IndieWire

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